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Council connects with communities for a Zero Carbon future

Coun Gannon making connections

Gateshead Council is to connect with local residents to get their views on climate change as part of a push for action to make Gateshead carbon neutral by 2030.

A series of workshops and events with the public and partners are to be held in Gateshead throughout the year focusing on the action needed to achieve a zero carbon Gateshead.

In declaring a climate emergency in May 2019, we have committed to being carbon neutral by 2030 in its own activities, as well as helping reduce carbon emissions throughout the borough. However, globally the impacts of climate breakdown are increasing and are already causing serious damage around the world.


Gateshead Council Leader, Martin Gannon said: "Tackling climate change is one of the Council's top priorities. What is happening across the globe is happening here in Gateshead, this is an emergency and we all need to act now to change it."

"Everyone has a carbon footprint, by the way we travel, shop, eat, use energy and buy things, so every resident, business, organisation in Gateshead needs to think about what they can do reverse the current path."

Since 2010 and the publication of our Carbon Management Plan, we have reduced our own carbon emissions by 55%. This is now providing a benchmark for future action and informing a new Climate Change and Environment strategy and action plan which will be published later this summer.

Councillor Gannon added: "We're going to need to be bold to bring about the rapid changes needed in Gateshead, but this can be done if we all act quickly and together."

Take part in our survey"In Gateshead we have strong communities, who if they connect and work together can bring about changes which will make Gateshead a healthier and cleaner, greener place to live, work and visit, no one can argue about wanting to achieve that."

"This is the start of a journey and I encourage everyone to get on board now, every action counts no matter how small."

From today until 20 March, local people are encouraged to take part in a survey to understand current views on climate change in Gateshead, which can be found on our Climate Change pages.

 

Coun Gannon making connections
23 January 2020

Gateshead Council is to connect with local residents to get their views on climate change as part of a push for action to make Gateshead carbon neutral by 2030.

A series of workshops and events with the public and partners are to be held in Gateshead throughout the year focusing on the action needed to achieve a zero carbon Gateshead.

In declaring a climate emergency in May 2019, we have committed to being carbon neutral by 2030 in its own activities, as well as helping reduce carbon emissions throughout the borough. However, globally the impacts of climate breakdown are increasing and are already causing serious damage around the world.


Gateshead Council Leader, Martin Gannon said: "Tackling climate change is one of the Council's top priorities. What is happening across the globe is happening here in Gateshead, this is an emergency and we all need to act now to change it."

"Everyone has a carbon footprint, by the way we travel, shop, eat, use energy and buy things, so every resident, business, organisation in Gateshead needs to think about what they can do reverse the current path."

Since 2010 and the publication of our Carbon Management Plan, we have reduced our own carbon emissions by 55%. This is now providing a benchmark for future action and informing a new Climate Change and Environment strategy and action plan which will be published later this summer.

Councillor Gannon added: "We're going to need to be bold to bring about the rapid changes needed in Gateshead, but this can be done if we all act quickly and together."

Take part in our survey"In Gateshead we have strong communities, who if they connect and work together can bring about changes which will make Gateshead a healthier and cleaner, greener place to live, work and visit, no one can argue about wanting to achieve that."

"This is the start of a journey and I encourage everyone to get on board now, every action counts no matter how small."

From today until 20 March, local people are encouraged to take part in a survey to understand current views on climate change in Gateshead, which can be found on our Climate Change pages.

 

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